Special Topics in Media Technology (Cooperative Machines) OpenCourseWare: Free Graduate Level Media Technology Course by MIT

Published Jan 08, 2009

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'Special Topics in Media Technology: Cooperative Machines' investigates how robots and computers shift from tools to fully collaborative team members, working alongside humans and even independently. Philosophy and science each have a role in this free OpenCourseWare from the master's degree program in Media Arts and Sciences at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. The lecture course is aimed at students with backgrounds in technology, computer science or psychology.

Special Topics in Media Technology: Cooperative Machines: Course Specifics

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Special Topics in Media Technology: Cooperative Machines: Course Details

Explore the many facets of engineering, science and behavioral study that come together to allow technologies to become capable of teamwork. Robots on the battlefield and the assembly line, software that works on behalf of a user rather than under a user's direction and artificial intelligence demonstrate the present and future of cooperative machines studied in this lecture and reading course. Readings cover theoretical underpinnings of collaborative technologies, as well as current application in robots and computers with software approaching artificial intelligence. Special emphasis is placed on the theory of mind and how to interpret behavior. Lectures discuss the current obstacles to fully collaborative technology, as well as ethical and technical issues surrounding machines capable of cooperating not just with humans, but with each other. Taught by MIT professor Cynthia Breazeal, this OpenCourseWare is also available in a simplified Chinese translation.

This OpenCourseWare includes full lecture notes, a reading list and samples of student projects. If you're interested in this media technology course, visit the machine cooperation course page.

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